Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC), Merajuddin Soleh has condemned the Jammu lawyers for helping to save the rapists and murders of a minor girl, Aasifa Bano. According to media sources, Merajuddin Soleh in a statement issued in Srinagar said Hindu extremists have now become so bold that they were demolishing mosques and using temples for raping girls. He appealed to the United Nations and the international community to put pressure on India to stop human rights violations in the territory and settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Tasaduq Mufti, the so-called minister for tourism and brother of the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has denounced his own party for non-fulfilling its commitments. According to media sources, Tasaduq Mufti in a media interview in Srinagar said, “We (PDP) have ended up being partners in a crime (with BJP) that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood”. He said, “I am not going to be quiet and act as if I am unmoved by the tragedy that is unfolding at ground level, just because I am part of the government. All lives matter. Lives of the people on both sides of ideological divide. I see nothing wrong in standing with the people to find a solution to the ongoing crisis”. Tasaduq said, “I do not wish to talk about tourism at a time when a mood of bereavement has filled the Kashmir valley…Tourism in Kashmir has suffered a huge setback whenever there is uprising because it is an industry for which peace is imperative. No one can risk his life and visit a place where he doesn’t get a sense of joy.” KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): Global rights watchdogs have assailed the lawyers and right-wing groups for introducing religious prejudices into the investigation of rape and murder case of Asifa of Kathua area of Jammu region.
According to media sources, Senior Campaigner of Amnesty International India, Zahoor Wani in a statement in New Delhi said, “The fact that the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court actually had to order police protection for the lawyer of the victim’s parents shows how deep the bigotry around this case runs.” He said it is disgraceful that some lawyers and members of the BJP are trying to introduce religious prejudice into the investigation of this horrific crime, and block its investigation. The Human Rights Watch in a statement said many BJP supporters seem willing to abandon their tough stand on sexual violence on the basis of religious prejudice. “The police said Asifa’s rape and murder was part of an effort to drive the Muslim community away from the area. Yet, for the local lawyers and other BJP supporters, the Hindu suspects and the Muslim victim were grounds for blocking prosecution of the case,” the rights group said. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, against the killing of four civilians in the indiscriminate firing of Indian troops on protesters in Khudwani area of Kulgam district, yesterday. According to media sources, call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road. The strike has hit as far as Banihal area of Ramban district in Jammu region. Students of Kashmir University, National institute of technology (NIT), University of Kashmir and University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology hit streets in Srinagar and Sopore areas to condemn the killings. Dozens of female students of Kashmir University also came out of their hostels and staged a protest. Students raised pro-Pakistani and pro-freedom slogans and marched on the streets. Clashes between protesters and Indian troops erupted in Drugmulla and Bumhama areas of Kupwara district. Meanwhile, the puppet authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar, Kulgam and other areas and deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the Kashmir valley to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killings. Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Maisuma, Gojwari, Rajouri Kadal, Safa Kadal and Kralkhud areas of Srinagar. The authorities have also put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hilal Ahmed War, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Bilal Siddiqi, Zafar Akbar Butt and Muhammad Ashraf Laya, under house arrest or in custody to prevent them from visiting the family members of the martyred civilians and expressing solidarity with them. The occupation authorities have ordered closure of all educational institutions in the Valley while the Kashmir University has postponed all exams scheduled for today. Train service between Baramulla and Banihal towns has been suspended and mobile internet facility has been snapped in Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, April 12 (Kashmir Voice): In what is said truth needs no colours, Jammu and Kashmir was excluded from the Indian map at an event organised by none other than India’s own Health Ministry in New Delhi. The map showed Jammu and Kashmir as a separate entity. According to media sources, the map was circulated by an organisation supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). The world map titled “Risk of Humanitarian Crises and Disasters” had a distinct boundary line between Jammu and Kashmir and India. The map was distributed at a panel discussion jointly organised by the Health Ministry and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), which is a multi-constituency partnership supported by a small secretariat hosted at the WHO. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara, to file a detailed compliance report on why a handicapped local was beaten severely by the police. According to media sources, the commission directed SSP Kupwara to file the report by May 15, 2018. A petition filed by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, stated that on April 5, 2018, a handicapped man namely Mohammad Wali Mir of Khurhama, Lolab, was brutally beaten by policemen on the bogus charge of raising green flag on a tall tree. “The incident occurred when Mir went to buy bread from a nearby baker in the morning but on the way he was apprehended by police and taken to a nearby police station where he was ruthlessly beaten by station house officer (SHO) and other policemen. Mir asked what he had done, to which he was beaten again,” the petition stated. Then the Deputy Superintendent of Special Operations Group of police was called to the police station and he took away Mir to SOG headquarter. “His clothes were taken off there and the SOG personnel beat him to pulp. He was asked why he had raised a green flag on a tree, to which Mir replied since he was a handicapped person how he could climb a tall tree. Mir was again beaten and was taken back to police station Koligam. For the whole night he was kept there and on the next morning, a dozen policemen started beating him again. The blood started oozing out from his mouth. The SHO of the police station told two policemen to go to Mir’s house and inform his family to take him back,” the petition stated. Mir was hospitalized and doctors at Handwara sub-district hospital referred him to Srinagar hospital for better treatment. “The doctors say that Mir has suffered injuries which can prove fatal for him,” Muhammad Ahsan Untoo said in his petition. The petition sought action against the erring police officers. KASHMIR VOICE